Don't Shoot the Messenger

 By: cazalea : January 16th, 2023-13:06
Seiko announces (you guessed it) a new limited edition Speedtimer Chronograph with matte black case and dial. Only 600 and available this Spring. I like it despite its size of 15mm thick and 43 wide. On the plus side for WPS fans, it has a very discrete date at 6 and both column wheel and vertical clutch technology.

Similar spec to the other two-dial, mechanical Speedmasters (top row) which all use 8R46 movements.

Caliber 8R46 is Seiko's most advanced automatic chronograph movement for mechanical watches. This caliber incorporates both vertical clutch and column wheel mechanisms which ensure the precision and durability. The escapement is lightweight and strong, thanks to the use of MEMS technology.

Caliber Number 8R46
Automatic with manual winding
Precision +25 to -15 seconds per day
Power reserve 45 hours
Jewels 34

Equipped with small seconds hand
Stop second hand function
Case/Band / Material Stainless steel (hard black coating)
Thickness: 15.1mm
Diameter: 42.5mm
Lug-to-lug: 50.0mm

Dual-curved sapphire
Anti-reflective coating on inner surface
LumiBrite on hands and indexes

Matte Black Calfskin
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Bracelet Length 185.0mm
Distance between lugs 20mm

Other Details
Water Resistance 10 bar
Magnetic Resistance 4,800 A/m
Weight 120.0g

LIMITED EDITION on the case back
Serial number engraved on the case back
See-through & Screw case back

Not at all. Thanks for the post Mike.

 By: MichaelC : January 16th, 2023-13:52
The 2 most laughable stances among WIS to me:

1. "That watch is not historically correct... brand xyz should not have made it!!"

2. "That brand releases way too many LE watches!"

Looks like Seiko made a nice piece here.  Good for them, and for all of the future owners who will really connect with the watch.

Speedmaster or Speedtimer?

 By: myles721 : January 16th, 2023-14:04

Corrected - thanks! It's Speedtimer

 By: cazalea : January 16th, 2023-14:20

Thank you for sharing !

 By: borisundercover : January 16th, 2023-14:10
I think the term « limited edition » itself is too blame, cause from the watch lover side it just means more choice, more models to love !
I like this one but more specifically its regular iteration (SRQ037J1 with the greyish dial), although sadly too big for my wrist.

I like it : )

 By: 111forza : January 16th, 2023-16:24

I like the speedtimer. For me the blue dial version on the strap is the one. I tried it on. It’s a chunky watch!

 By: nasseriq : January 16th, 2023-16:55

Hehe i love that, “don’t shoot the messenger” :-)

 By: Echi : January 17th, 2023-05:12

Coincidentally, I picked up this reference's brother just a couple of days ago.

 By: pkonos : January 17th, 2023-12:08

Another, if I may, ... ahem (clearing throat) ... Seiko Limited Edition (ref. SBEC007).
(Leaving aside the questionable practice of referring to 1000 pieces as "limited" for another day)  I must say that I rather like the austere aesthetic of this particular iteration.
Minimal, monochromatic writing on the dial, printed lollipop indices and Arabic numerals counting from the 10s.
I would have been happier had they left out the date window at six, for a purer realization of the stopwatch theme, but oh well, I suppose that that feature was a nod to fans of daily convenience.

Functionally, actuation of the chrono pushers feels smooth and precise, and engagement of the main chrono hand is free of any visually annoying stutter. 
The movement's finishing visible through the watch's back side is industrial, but clean. 

It came on an SS bracelet, but I opted for the leather strap as it seemed to set off the black and white of the dial better than the metal alternative. 
Much lighter and more comfortable on the wrist, too. 

Probably a bit big for me, but I like the look - very stealth

 By: jml_watches : January 18th, 2023-10:03
As for don't shoot the messenger - keep em coming, not surprised by limited editions; they're the norm!
You could probably develop drinking game from this!